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The recently completed special session held some important good news for those of us who travel Highway 7. Senate Bill 2002, passed during the session, will provide for improvements to the Highway 7/9W intersection area. The funds dedicated for this improvement are designated to be spent improving an area from one mile south of the 7 /9W intersection to the southern city limits of Oxford on Highway 7. This intersection improvement, I believe, will help with positive growth of our area.

Senate Bill 2002 which prescribed the distribution of BP Oil Spill settlement funds, included funding for special projects around the state, and I worked in conjunction with others to secure the $1 million in funds for the Highway 7/9W intersection improvement project.

As you likely know, the intersection has been a troubled spot for motorists, particularly since the traffic count has increased so dramatically. This is certainly a worthy undertaking for the safety of our citizens. I look forward to seeing the work begin.

I along with other legislators, recognize the role that our Attorney General Jim Hood played in making sure that Mississippi received just compensation for the harm that was done to our state. Not only did the oil spill create an environmental nightmare, it hampered the entire state’s economic development. I am glad that a portion of the funds gained from the settlement will be expended in our areas.

The special session yeilded some good things for Mississippi- much needed road and bridge repair, and a plan going forward to address our many transportation infrastructure needs.

If I can be of assistance to you, please contact me. I can be reached at thomas My residential address is 1720 North Main Street, Water Valley, MS 38965, and my office address is P.O. Box 280, Charleston, MS 38921.

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